Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Live Score, Highlights, Reaction – Bleacher Report
With Mike Conley sidelined for the second-straight game, the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Portland Trail Blazers their third-straight loss, winning 102-98.
Memphis took an early lead, riding hot shooting—over 60 percent—to an 18-point first-half lead. Meanwhile, Portland found itself stuck in the mud, with only Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge playing well out of the gate.
Eventually though, the team founds its defensive chops, and watched Damian Lillard join in on the scoring fun. However, it was too little too late, as an intense fourth-quarter duel ended with Memphis never surrendering the lead.
Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Beno Udrih each finished with 17 points. Udrih was a perfect 7-of-7 on the night and hit the final dagger, filling in for Conley. Green struggled with his shot for a stretch, but ultimately found his groove in his home debut as a member of the Grizzlies. Marc Gasol had 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks, contributing in every facet of the game.
For Portland, Matthews finished with 25 points, hitting seven three-pointers and becoming Portland’s all-time leader in threes made. Aldridge led the way with 32 points while Lillard offered 23—most of which came in the final quarter—in a 9-of-26 shooting effort.
In the end, though, the Grizzlies’ first-half lead was too much for Portland, as Memphis was able to pull through with the win.